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Yeti spotting? Indian Army tweets footprints from ‘mythical beast’

Do you think the Yeti is real? Seems like the Indian Amy might be a believer, too.

In a tweet that has sparked disbelief and plenty of social media jabs, the Indian Army said a team of its mountaineers spotted “Mysterious Footprints of mythical beast ‘Yeti.'”

The army said the footprints, measuring 32 by 15 inches, were spotted on April 9 near the base camp of Makalu on the border of Nepal and Tibet, the world’s fifth highest peak.

“This elusive snowman has only been sighted at Makalu-Barun National Park in the past,” the army tweeted, along with a photo of soldiers and a few images of what appear to be the large footprints.

The Yeti, a Sherpa word also known as the Abominable Snowman, is a giant, ape-like creature in folklore that is believed to live in the Himalayas or surrounding areas. Throughout the years, many people have claimed to have spotted the beast, but no scientific evidence backs its existence and it is largely believed to be a myth.

Many were surprised by the Indian Army’s tweet, replying that there might be another explanation.

Other’s weren’t sure if the Army was serious.

People also were reminded of Tintin.

And other Twitter users saw some similarities with HBO’s “Game of Thrones.”

So are those footprints really the Yeti’s? And is the creature real? USA TODAY has reached out to the Indian Army for more information.

Follow USA TODAY’s Ryan Miller on Twitter @RyanW_Miller

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